Born in San Francisco and raised  in San Rafael, I have not strayed far from the north Bay Area. I have been a resident of Petaluma for thirty-five years and raised my son, Justin (35), here.  After earning my BA in English from Sonoma State University, I was married and started my family.  When my son was ten, I returned to SSU and earned  multiple-subject  and special education teaching credentials.  I earned my Resource Specialist Certification through Marin County Office of Education.  After two part-time jobs at Petaluma Junior High School and Casa Grande High School, I found my niche at McKinley Elementary and have been here for twenty years. This has always been a special place to work, and I have felt so privileged to work with the lively children and with the amazingly dedicated and talented teaching and support staffs who have graced the halls of this school. Working with the students who just need a little extra support and then watching them take off is an incredibly fulfilling and rewarding life’s work. When I am not at work, I putter in my garden, take long walks with my dog and friends, read, or spend time with family.  My next trip is always on my mind.

  • (707) 778-4750
  • dbrutcher@petk12.org